​Media Release

New voices to advise on ag policy

19 June 2018

  • 11 new members appointed to the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council (AIAC), on terms ending 31 May 2020
  • The AIAC advises government on issues affecting agricultural, fishing, forestry and water sectors
  • The Council is composed of leading professionals from a range of agricultural industries

​Experts in rural finance, agribusiness, irrigation, dairy, fisheries and more will join forces to advise the government on issues affecting Australia's agricultural, fishing, forestry and water sectors.

The 11 new members will be appointed to the Advisory Council (AIAC) on terms ending 31 May 2020.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud welcomed the new members and said their first-hand experience and expertise would help to guide informed decision-making by the government.

"I'm pleased to welcome the new AIAC members, each of whom are experienced and influential industry leaders with collective expertise in rural finance, agribusiness, irrigation, horticulture, grains, wine, beef, wool, dairy, fisheries and forestry," Minister Littleproud said.

"I have never professed to be the font of all knowledge and we need effective policies informed by a cross section of views.

"I'll be meeting with the council this week hoping together we can challenge conventional thinking on some of the biggest issues facing agriculture and future productivity gains.

"I want to work through important strategic issues like innovation and research, the agricultural workforce, attracting investment and social licence and sustainability."

The AIAC council generally meets twice yearly in various locations around Australia.

The new AIAC members are:

  • Mr Troy Setter, Queensland – Chief Executive Officer and Director, Consolidated Pastoral Company Pty Ltd
  • Ms Veronica Papacosta, New South Wales – Chair, Seafood Industry Australia; Managing Director, Sydney Fresh Seafood Group
  • Mr Trent De Paoli, Queensland – Director, Austchilli Group and Food Technologist, University of Queensland
  • Mr Grant Cairns, New South Wales – Executive General Manager, Regional & Agribusiness Business Banking, Commonwealth Bank
  • Ms Kristen Frost, New South Wales – Merino breeder and 2018 WoolPoll Panel Member; Livestock Editor/Senior Livestock Writer
  • Ms Lisa Marty, Victoria – Industry Consultant, Forestry Policy Services, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; former CEO Victorian Association of Forest Industries
  • Ms Rebecca Milliken, New South Wales – Group Human Resources Manager, Delta Agribusiness; President, Riverina Ag Network
  • Mr Keith Pengilley, New South Wales – Farm Manager, Warakirri Cropping
  • Ms Cheryl Rix, Victoria – Chair, Lower Murray Water
  • Ms Rebecca Willson, South Australia – Senior Winemaker, Bremerton Wines
  • Ms Michele Lawrence, Tasmania – Joint Owner and Manager, Janefield Dairy

Fast Facts:

  • The AIAC provides the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources with information, advice and recommendations from a cross-section of industries and stakeholders on contemporary issues affecting Australia's agricultural, fishing, forestry and water sectors.
  • The AIAC was established in early 2014 as a ministerial advisory council to address a 2013 election commitment to enhance consultations with people in the agriculture sector.